Mid-Century Designs: Jonathan Bagg, viola & Emely Phelps, piano
Program: Marion Bauer: Sonata for viola and piano, Op. 22 (1932); Bohuslav Martinu: Sonata for viola & piano (1955); Igor Stravinsky: Élégie (1944); Paul Ben-Haim: Three Songs Without Words (1952); Elizabeth Maconchy: Sonata for Viola and Piano (1937). Violist Jonathan Bagg is Professor of the Practice, a member of the Ciompi Quartet, and Chair of the Department of Music at Duke University. His career with the Ciompi Quartet includes hundreds of concerts across the U.S. and around the world, as well as dozens of recordings. Currently co-Artistic Director of Electric Earth Concerts in New Hampshire, he also directed the Monadnock Music festival from 2007-2011. Emely Phelps, pianist, has been praised by the Boston Globe for her "fleet, energetic, and bright-toned" playing. She has performed across the United States and Canada, in venues including the Mansion at Strathmore Hall, Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, Alice Tully Hall, and Meredith College. Phelps has also been a soloist with ensembles including the National Symphony Orchestra, Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, and the Washington Metropolitan Philharmonic, and recently appeared as a guest artist with the Borromeo String Quartet in a performance of the Dvorak Piano Quintet in Boston's Jordan Hall. She received BM and MM degrees from the Juilliard School, where she served as a staff accompanist from 2007-2012.